How to announce messages with Siri on AirPods in iOS 14

With iOS 14, you can now have your personal assistant Siri, announcing your messages through your AirPods. And to top it off, you can reply without even picking your iPhone and typing it. Sounds intriguing?

Most people prefer having a call over chat, especially when driving or working on a project. I’m one of them. And the ‘Announce Messages with Siri’ feature on AirPods worked perfectly for me. While I have been using Siri on the iPhone and iPad to serve numerous purposes, I particularly love this one the most.

And I’m sure by the time you’ll know about it, even you’ll fall for it. But before we move further, let’s first know;

Compatibility for the ‘Announce Messages with Siri’ feature

Sadly, this cool feature is not compatible with all the devices. You must ensure that your iPhone and iPad are updated to the latest iOS or iPadOS. Besides, you must own any of these headphones;

  • AirPods Max
  • AirPods (2nd generation)
  • Powerbeats
  • AirPods Pro
  • Powerbeats Pro
  • Beats Solo Pro

Let the learning begin;

How to turn on announce messages with Siri on iPhone

  1. Go to Settings and tap Notifications.
  2. Now, tap Announce Messages with Siri and turn it on.Turn on Announce Messages with Siri on iPhone

Remember: Siri doesn’t announce messages (even if turned on) while using your device or if the screen isn’t dark.

You can also add Announce Messages with Siri to Control Center.

  1. Open Settings and tap Control Center.
  2. Scroll down to locate ‘Announce Messages with Siri‘ and tap ‘+’ to add it to the control center.Add Announce Messages with Siri to Control Centre on iPhone

Once Siri is done announcing your message, it’ll wait for you to reply. Here are a few ways in which you can do that;

Reply to messages on AirPods

  1. Reply, ‘I’ll reach office in an hour.’
  2. Tell him, ‘I’m driving, I’ll call back.’

Once you are done, Siri will repeat your message before sending it. However, you have the option to send a reply without confirmation. To do this,

  1. Go to Settings and tap Notifications.
  2. Tap Announce Messages with Siri and turn on Reply without Confirmation.Send a reply without confirmation with Siri on iPhone

If you face trouble using the feature, here are a few quick troubleshoots you can follow to resolve the issue.

Siri not announcing your messages on AirPods or Beats? Quick fixes

This could be for various reasons. Try the following solutions:

  1. Check if your iPhone/iPad is compatible.
  2. Ensure you are using compatible AirPods or Beats Headphones.
  3. Check that the ‘Announce Messages with Siri’ is turned on in Settings.

Get Siri to read your incoming messages on AirPods!

I find the feature helpful, especially when I’m driving or multitasking. I mean, answering a call using AirPods is easy while driving, but to read and reply to a message (an important one, for that matter) is risky and NOT RECOMMENDED.

Do let me know your views on it if you ever used the feature. If not, well, what are you waiting for? Give it a try.

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Mayank is a published author and a tech-blogger with over ten years of writing experience for various domains and industries. At iGeeks, he mostly writes about blogs that solve user-problems and guide them on unleashing the full potential of their Apple Device. He can often be found with his headphones on, typing to the rhythm of some country song.